Pope Pardons Paolo Gabriele, Former Butler Behind Vatileaks Scandal

From Fox News:
Pope Benedict XVI has granted a Christmas pardon to his former butler, who stole the pope's private papers and leaked them to a journalist in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.

The Vatican said Benedict visited Gabriele in the Vatican police barracks Saturday morning, told him he had pardoned him, and Gabriele was subsequently freed.

Gabriele was arrested May 23 after Vatican police found heaps of papal documents in his Vatican City apartment. He was convicted of aggravated theft by a Vatican tribunal Oct. 6 and has been serving his 18-month sentence in the Vatican police barracks.
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